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Is VMware OVA Supported for Windows Domain Member Servers?

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Points of My Scenario:
1. I need to convert a Windows domain member server to OVA and deploy it on a second vCenter instance at a separate site
2. The second site is part of the same Windows domain (a Domain Controller is there)

QUESTION: What must I do to ensure the OVA-packaged Windows member server (i.e. domain-joined Windows server) works at the new location?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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QUESTION: What must I do to ensure the OVA-packaged Windows member server (i.e. domain-joined Windows server) works at the new location?

1. Shutdown, Power off the virtual machine.
2. Export to OVA (wait and be patient, can take 25-60 minutes to export).
3. Import at new site.
4. Power On.
5. Change internal networking if applicable.
waltforbesSenior IT Specialist

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Hi Andrew Hancock,

I asked my question poorly: please forgive me.

QUESTION: Should I be concerned about Windows SID (security identifier) when using VMware's OVA packaging? Will I have to do sysprep on the imported VM? Or would I have to un-join it from the domain and re-join it? Or is OVA packaging non-impacting to Windows SIDs?

With gratitude & anticipation,
Walt
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waltforbesSenior IT Specialist

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Hi Andrew,

Your answer is most wonderfully clear, definitive - and supremely reassuring. You make the world a better place, sir! :-)
I submit all the thanks to you I can muster!

All gratitude,
Walt
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Hi Andrew, I am very grateful for your clear advice and guidance. You rock!
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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not a problem!